Taj Mahal is currently undergoing restoration works on the main dome. The dome will be covered in iron scaffolding during the process of mud pack therapy to restore its original colour and is expected to last a year (April 2018).

Delhi to Kathmandu

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AIN
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Cultural Wonders
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–16

Explore sacred cities and temples

To travel between Delhi and Kathmandu, from the bustling cities of the Indian plains to the peace and tranquillity of the highest mountains on Earth, is one of the most beautiful and fascinating journeys in Asia. For culture, the Taj Mahal, 'the Pink City' of Jaipur, the holy city of Varanasi or the Buddhist Stupas of Kathmandu may be the highlights. For nature, spotting rhino in Chitwan National Park or the first view of the mighty Himalayas will provide lasting memories.

Highlights

  • See the magnificent Taj Mahal
  • Meander along the Ganges at Varanasi
  • Visit the 'Pink City of Jaipur'
  • Marvel at Buddhist stupas in Kathmandu

Key information

  • 11 nights hotels, 2 nights jungle lodge, all en suite, 1 night sleeper train
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Travel by private air-conditioned bus

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners included
  • All accommodation
  • Transfer for group flights

 

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Single supplement

Responsible Travel

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Depart London.

    Flights usually depart London in the evening.

  • Day 2

    Arrive Delhi; afternoon free.

    The group flight will arrive into Delhi in the morning and we will transfer to our hotel. Those who have made their own flight arrangements will join us at the hotel during the day. You are free today to explore Delhi and rest after your flight; rooms may not be available until noon but it is often earlier than this.
    Comfortable Hotel

  • Day 3

    Visit Humayun's Tomb and New Delhi; afternoon drive to Jaipur.

    After breakfast we will have a tour of the capital. In Old Delhi we visit Jama Masjid (India's largest mosque) and in New Delhi we see the fine colonial buildings. Built by the British Raj in the early years of this century and set in spacious tree-lined boulevards these now house various Indian governmental departments. We then visit the tomb of Humayun, one of the earlier Moghul Emperors. In the afternoon we drive to the Pink City of Jaipur: this drive will take approximately 5 to 6 hours.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Full day sightseeing including City Palace and Amber Fort; evening free.

    Today we have a full day to explore Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan and one of the most attractive and colourful cities in India. Built in the late 18th century, it is a planned city of broad avenues built of sandstone and painted pink at a later stage. First we visit the City Palace. Formerly the residence of the Maharaja it is now a fine museum containing rare manuscripts, paintings, royal garments and weapons. Close to the palace is one of the most intriguing sights of India, the observatory of Jai Singh. This is an assembly of immense astronomical instruments made of marble and brass set in a pleasant garden. We will also see Jaipur's impressive landmark, the Hawa Mahal, or Palace of the Winds. A few miles from the main city is the splendid Amber Palace, rising above a lake where elephants bathe. The imposing hilltop fort contains large courtyards and interiors with fine decorations including inlaid alabaster panels and a Chamber of Mirrors. We can walk up the hill through the massive gateway to the courtyard. Jaipur is a centre of many handicrafts, such as durries (woven rugs), carpets, printed cloth, semi-precious stones, leatherwear etc.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Drive to Agra via Fatehpur Sikri.

    We begin the day by driving to Agra via the deserted ancient city of Fatehpur Sikri. Formally the capital of the Mughal Empire, this wonderfully preserved 'ghost town' was constructed by Emperor Akbar between 1570 and 1585 and reflects his ideals in art, religion and architecture. This impressive and well-preserved citadel became his capital in 1571, after the blessing of a local Moslem holy man correctly predicted the birth of a longed-for son, his successor the Emperor Jehangir. The mosque, designed to hold ten thousand worshippers, the palaces, residences and halls of audience are all of decorative red sandstone. But this magnificence only lasted 14 years, as in 1584 Akbar left Fatehpur Sikri to secure his outlying territories, leaving this city much as we see it today. The site is one of the most atmospheric in northern India and its position on a ridge overlooking the modern village below, and its wonderful state of preservation provide us with a taste of this city's majestic past.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Sunrise visit to Taj Mahal and later visit the Red Fort; overnight train to Varanasi.

    A very early start to see the incredible spectacle of the sunrise over the Taj. The Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1631, built the beautiful white marble Taj Mahal. The Taj is serenely beautiful and never fails to amaze a first time visitor; the white marble exterior changes colour according to the position of the sun during the day and is matched by the rich interior detail. Within striking distance is the imposing Red Fort of Akbar, third of the Moghul Emperors, whose mighty sandstone walls enclose the beautiful white marble Pearl Mosque and the palaces, halls, courtyards and fountains of his sons and successors, Jehangir and Shah Jahan. It is here that the latter spent his last years, imprisoned by his own son Aurangzeb. Agra also offers a wide variety of handicrafts including jewellery, inlaid and carved marble, carpets and clothes and there should be time for some shopping. In the late afternoon we transfer to Tundla, 35km from Agra, where we board the overnight train to Varanasi.
    Overnight Train

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Arrive Varanasi; afternoon free or optional visit to Sarnath, site of Buddha's first sermon.

    We arrive in Varanasi in the morning and transfer to the hotel (rooms may not be available until noon however efforts are made to make it earlier than this). The afternoon is then free to explore this incredible city and its winding streets, ghats and mystical temples or visit the nearby Sarnath Temple, where the Buddha gave his first sermon (optional).
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Dawn boat ride on Ganges visiting bathing ghats; free afternoon; evening witness the aarti ceremony.

    Varanasi, situated on the River Ganges, is one of the most holy cities in India and stands at the centre of the Hindu Universe. As such, the city lives and breathes Hinduism: there are thousands of pilgrims, wandering holy men (Sadhus), religious leaders and casual visitors. It is a city to get immersed in by exploring its maze of narrow lanes, the many temples and watch the Hindu ceremonies that occur around the clock. Just before dawn, we take a boat out on the Ganges to witness the extraordinary spectacle on the ghats, the steps leading down to the river. Every day thousands of Hindu pilgrims come to these three miles of riverbank to immerse themselves in the waters of the holy Ganges. In the evening you can witness the aarti ceremony from the banks of the river.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Cross border to Nepal; to World Heritage Site of Lumbini.

    We board our private bus and make an early departure for Nepal. It's a spectacular drive across the northern plains, passing through a few towns and lots of pretty Indian villages. At the Indian border we leave our bus and walk across through customs and immigration to Nepal (approx. 500 metres). Once in Nepal, we enter the Terai, the narrow plain running along the southern breadth of the country. We have a short drive (approx. 1 hour) to Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha, where we spend the night. Total driving time approx. 12 hrs.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Days 10-11

    To Chitwan National Park.

    Early this morning there is a short, optional rickshaw ride around the Lumbini gardens. Buddha was born here and the area is being developed into a place of pilgrimage for Buddhists from all over the world. Travelling east and parallel to the mountains, we reach Chitwan (approx. 4 hour drive), where we spend two nights. The park, with its jungle and thick forest, was the former royal hunting ground and was set-aside as a conservation area in 1973.

    The park and the surrounding forest covers an area of 923 square kilometres of the terai and affords excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. Among the larger animals, you have an excellent chance of seeing the Indian one horned rhino, Sambar and Chital deer, guar, langur and Rhesus monkeys, mongoose, jackal, otter and crocodile. The more elusive animals include tiger, leopard, leopard cat, Sloth bear and Indian bison. Over 500 species of birds have been recorded in this area.

    Wildlife activities are managed and escorted by experienced naturalists and shikharis; included in your stay is a jeep safari and a dug out canoe excursion. Other trips such as a village tour and birdwatching outings can be organised depending on individual interests.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 12

    To Pokhara with views of the Annapurnas.

    Today, our journey to Pokhara is only 140km but will take 4-5 hours. We follow the gorge of the Narayani River and soon we are in the foothills of the Himalaya. The scenery changes dramatically from the forests and farmlands of the Terai to steep terraced hills, and as we get closer to Pokhara we begin to see the formidable Annapurna Range. Set at only 1,000m amongst semi-tropical plants and with a delightfully warm climate, it is actually much closer to the main Himalayan peaks than Kathmandu. Machhapuchhare, the 'Fishtail Peak', dominates the skyline especially in the clear morning air. We stay in a simple hotel near to Lake Phewa, with a wide choice of restaurants and other facilities close by.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 13

    Sunrise over mountains; free day to explore or day walk to Sarankot.

    We can either relax by or on the beautiful lake in Pokhara, or the more energetic can hike into the surrounding hills for even better views of the peaks. There are many wonderful day walks in and around the Pokhara valley, one of the best being to drive up to the remains of a fort at Sarankot, the hill directly overlooking the lake and then walk back to Pokhara. An early morning start is required to guarantee the clearest view, but once there, the whole Annapurna range can be seen with virtually no intervening hills. This is one of the best of all viewpoints for Machhapuchhare, most people's favourite mountain in the region. For many though, Pokhara is a place to relax by either renting a rowboat or bicycle for a few hours and exploring the lake and its shoreline at a leisurely pace.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 14

    Follow Marsyangdi and Trisuli rivers to Kathmandu.

    We leave early for the long drive to Kathmandu, along the Chinese-built road running parallel to the main Himalayan range. The distance is only 200km but it is a slow climb through the mountains and the journey will take most of the day (7 - 8 hours). The views, however, are stunning as we follow the Marsyangdi and Trisuli rivers, passing numerous villages and terraces stretching thousands of feet up the hillside. We arrive in Kathmandu in the late afternoon and check into our centrally located hotel.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 15

    Optional Everest flight; visit Pashupatinath and Bodnath; rest of the day free to explore.

    We have today to explore Kathmandu and the valley. In the early morning there is the opportunity to take a scenic flight to see Mount Everest (this can be booked and paid for on arrival in Kathmandu; see 'Extra Expenses and Spending Money' section below regarding costs). Today there will be a half-day sightseeing tour visiting Pashupatinath, the most important Hindu temple in the valley, and Bodnath, one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world. The rest of the time is free for individual exploration of Kathmandu. You may like to visit the Durbar Square of Kathmandu with its old Royal Palace and intricately carved temples, or Swayambhunath, the 'monkey temple', set on a hill overlooking the city.

    Kathmandu also offers the most wonderful and varied opportunities for souvenir shopping: clothes, trinkets, Tibetan and Nepalese handicrafts and superb bookshops. It also has a wide variety of restaurants serving some of the best food from the sub-continent and you can also find wonderful pizzas and apple pies.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 16

    Fly to London.

    Those on the flight inclusive package will depart for the airport this morning for the daytime flight back to London; Land Only arrangements will finish after check-out from the hotel.

    Meals included: Breakfast

Essential Info

Visas

Nepal

Most nationalities require a visa for Nepal, which can be obtained in advance or on entry. If you wish to apply before departure the current visa cost is £20 for a 15 day visa and £35 for a 30 day visa for UK passport holders. The current cost of a visa on arrival is US$25 for 15 days, US$40 for 30 days or if extending your stay $100 for 90 days. All are multiple entry. The visa on arrival fee can be paid for in cash in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros. You will also need a passport photo. Application forms are available in the immigration hall (or for electronic passports there are visa registration machines which, after inserting your passport, automatically fill out a form for you). You must firstly join the queue to pay the visa fee, and then go to the relevant immigration desk to obtain your 15, 30 or 90 day visa stamp. There can be long queues for visas on arrival.

Non UK nationals should check requirements with their nearest embassy (a few nationalities are not permitted visas on arrival).

Vaccinations

India

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is slight but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Some of our India trips spend time at altitude. In regions over approx. 2000m, there is low to no risk of mosquito-borne diseases. For trips going to altitudes of over 3000m there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatise to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected. Please see the TRIP NOTES for further information.

Nepal

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is present in certain regions only (such as Chitwan); you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Most of our trips to Nepal go to high altitudes where there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatise to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected. Please refer to the TRIP NOTES for complete advice on AMS.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners included.

You should allow £15 (approx. US$24) per day for other meals. You can eat out very cheaply in India and Nepal, but if you go to the most expensive restaurants most of the time, you will spend more than the suggested amount. In most of the towns there is a good choice between Indian, Chinese and Western style food. If you are a vegetarian India and Nepal are probably two of the best destinations you can visit. Tea and soft drinks are very cheap. A (large!) bottle of beer is approximately £3 (approx. US$4.80). Bottled water is widely available. Where meals are not supplied, our group leaders always encourage people to try local restaurants and street food vendors. They can make recommendations which will help boost small businesses and celebrate local specialties. In India, we can even see how the food is made, for example, masala chai (tea), samosa (mashed potato snacks), jalebe (Indian doughnuts), lassi (yoghurt drink).

Weather

During October/November and February/March/April the days are normally warm to hot and nights cool or mild. Humidity is very low and little or no rain can be expected. In March, April and October it can get very hot during the day. Evenings in Delhi and Kathmandu can be surprisingly cool. It gets very cold in the early mornings and evenings in December and January and warm cloths are essential. Fog is also a real possibility during this period. Please note that night time temperatures in Kathmandu can be very cold and only a little above freezing in December and January.

Is this trip for you?

Activity Level: 1 (Leisurely). This is not a demanding tour physically, but some days can be particularly long, such as the drives between Delhi and Jaipur (approx. 5-6 hours), Jaipur and Agra (approx. 5.5 hours), Varanasi and Lumbini (approx. 12 hours), and Pokhara to Kathmandu (approx. 7-8 hours). The stunning scenery, however, makes the drives enjoyable. Like the people of Nepal and India, we will have some early starts to take advantage of the daylight. Most of the roads are in fairly good condition but you should be prepared for a few rougher sections. The trains are a fun way to travel and meet Indian people, although delays are always possible. Please note that the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) are responsible for the conservation of many monuments in India, including the Taj Mahal, and very occasionally this may mean that work is taking place at sites visited on this trip. The ASI’s schedule is never published so it is not possible to forewarn our clients of when work will be taking place. Holi and Diwali Festivals: Some departures will be in India during the festivals of Holi and Diwali - these are all marked on the website. These are great festivals to witness and some minor itinerary alterations may be made locally in order to make the most of these occasions.

Accommodation

Hotels and Lodges

We have 11 nights hotels and 2 nights lodge, all en suite, as well as 1 night on a sleeper train. The hotels we use are of a mixture of standard and comfortable hotels. In Jaipur and Varanasi we stay in Heritage Hotels. In Kathmandu we stay in a hotel close to the centre, usually the Royal Singi Hotel. In Chitwan we stay in a comfortable jungle lodge in twin-bedded huts. All rooms have en suite bathrooms.

Single accommodation available on request from GBP360 (excludes sleeper train)

Expert Blog Entries

It’s hard to choose ten highlights in a land so full of wonders, but we did our best…

  • Reviewed May 2017
    Mary Spencer

    Delhi to Kathmandu

    This was a great trip which involved a lot of travelling ( by bus, train, jeep and boat) but with the reward of visiting some beautiful and historical places and having some wonderful experiences. The travelling times for our group were often longer than suggested in the trip notes but this was because at the time of our travel there was some major road construction occurring. However the long bus trips did give one an opportunity to observe the countryside, the Indian and Nepalese cultures and ways of life as one passed through towns and villages. There was also the opportunity for the odd nap as there were quite a few early morning starts. Also this gave an opportunity to read up on, or reflect on the places visited as the trip moves quickly across India and into Nepal.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    For me the inspirational moments of the trip were visiting the Taj Mahal, getting close to the Indian one horned rhino in Chitwan national park and the flight to Everest . The Taj Mahal is such an iconic building and to have experienced its beauty and atmosphere at sunrise was inspiring. Our group were so lucky at Chitwan ...we saw about 10 rhino with 7 being distant viewings but 3 were really close to the jeeps. Being a keen photographer of animals this really made my trip !!! Am still wondering how Gaj our " all things can be sorted" guide managed to arrange that !!! Seeing Everest and the Himalayas above the clouds..... not to be missed.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Gaj was our fantastic leader who looked out for our safety but also ensured that we had a good time. He frequently asked us if our tummies were in order... "because if your tummy isn't in the right place your head isn't going to be in the right place". For the majority, tummies were in the right place for the whole trip and I am sure that this was partly owing to the fact that Gaj knew where to take us to eat. A guide is always worth his money for giving good advice to avoid unhappy occurrences and then if they occur being able to sort things out . Gaj always gave us good tips on things to do or not to do and always knew where we could change money, find a chemist, procure a chain and lock for your suitcase or get passport photos done . Besides all the practical stuff Gaj told us lots about the history and culture of his country and answered all our questions enthusiastically.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for the long drives.. its what you have to do to visit places where some roads are not great. The Nepalese immigration insist on pristine US dollar notes ( no markings and flat) for your visa.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Its not a rest .. its an experience.....but a great one !!!
  • Reviewed April 2017
    Jane Dare

    Delhi to Kathmandu

    A fantastic adventure from start to finish. India was hot, dirty, crowded and chaotic. It was a riot of colour, noise and amazing photo opportunities! Nepal was slightly less chaotic and provided a wonderful contrast to the madness.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Both morning and evening trips on the Ganges were incredible. Not for the faint-hearted, we watched cremations on the banks of the river. We loved Chitwan even though we didn't see the elusive tiger. We went paragliding in Pokhara which was great fun.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ronit was a great leader. We were a very small group, just four of us and Ronit. We got on extremely well and Ronit just made everything easy. He was knowledgable, informative and fun. He made navigating the chaos easy, getting us on to the train for our overnight trip, getting us tuktuks and rickshaws and adding his own experiences that he thought we would enjoy such as taking us to the Sikh temple in Delhi where we made roti, stopping at the brick factory, walking over a suspension bridge on the way to Pokhara and taking us to eat street food at a stall in Agra.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This is not a relaxing holiday. It is an adventure. Be prepared for long journeys on terrible roads. There is always something to see but you will spent a lot of time on the road. There are also some early starts. The standard of driving, generally, is not great. It was particularly dusty in Kathmandu. Some of the hotels are quite basic. Be prepared for sights you would not see in the UK. Embrace the chaos and you will have an amazing time!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I would highly recommend this trip. It was well organised from start to finish. Excellent!
  • Reviewed March 2017
    Ann Neville

    Ann Neville

    For me it was trip of a lifetime. As a single traveller I enjoyed fabulous company and appreciated the fact that gajraj ensured our comfort and safety at all times.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    First sight of Taj Mahal and the spirituality and sense of peace of Ganges at sunrise and sunset.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    His knowledge of India enabled me to better uderstand as well as question what we were seeing. I felt he really shared a friendship with all of us. Organising and predicting ways to enhance our experiences. Every thing from beautiful garden restaurants to organising passport photos for someone's visa.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't forget to pack chain and lock for bags on overnight train journey. Only dull clothes for jeep safari.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Relax sit back and enjoy all of it.
  • Reviewed March 2017
    penelope phillips

    AIN 1102

    a good informative holiday. saw lots of interesting places as well as the well known ones. had amazing experants traveling on the road plus the way of life.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    lots every day had somthing to talk and think about. enjoyed Taj Mahai, early morning on the Ganges, the hole visit to Chitwan.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Gajraj He was great, frienly, helpful, full of fun, helped us to understand his country, answered our Questions

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    No need to bring water purifing for water in Nepal Water was freely given in hotels. A face mask is usful for the dust in the air even some local people have them.
  • Reviewed March 2017
    Katy Gordon

    Planes, trains and automobiles - but no Steven Martin story of mishaps

    I absolutely loved this trip from start to finish. The Taj Mahal was everything I hoped it would be and more, the overnight train ride to Varanasi was superb and being with such a lovely group and tour leader really made the trip even more enjoyable. Having been on trips with long drives before, the time we spent on the road didn't phase me. I do think that off roading would be a fairer description of most of India's roads, while Nepal seems not to have any completed roads at all (and this was not due to the earthquake). So bus suspension and lack of air con were annoyances I could have done without, but I tend to think everything is an experience just waiting to become a traveller's tale.... Delhi wasn't particularly interesting, but as soon as we got to Jaipur, the sights and sounds (and smells) of India really began to get intense. The Amber Fort was worth the hot walk uphill and the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri was beautiful. The guides really helped you learn a lot about the Mogul emperors (I can now recite this list of rulers!). All this was even before we got to the Taj Mahal (just go and stare with wonder. It truly is beautiful). As somebody who doesn't 'do souvenirs', I was so impressed by the quality of the craftwork we saw (carpets, jewellery, marble tables) that I became a shopaholic! Beware the problem of space in your luggage on the way home if you go on this trip... Varanasi was interesting to see and I loved the experience of a high speed Tuc Tuc ride through incredibly crowded streets. The flower laying moment on the Ganges was lovely, but public burning of bodies on funeral pyres at the water's edge may not be everyone's cup of tea (interesting but wasn't really mine either). Sunrise over the Ganges and the peacefulness of the boat ride was lovely though. On to Nepal and a remarkably trouble free border crossing near Lumbini (though don't bring US dollars with ANY pen marks on them as the borders guards like them pristine). The birthplace of the Buddha was a very restful sight to visit, before we made our way to Chitwan National Park. Don't go believing you will see a tiger (impossible), a sloth bear (unlikely) or even a rhino (3 hours in before we spotted our first), but again I've done safaris before so was quite happy with what we did see. On to Pokhara, where the volume of dust on the 'roads' meant you would struggle to identify any of the beautiful scenery outlined in the trip notes. Pokhara felt quite westernised and I'm not really a daredevil sports fan, but I really liked the drive to Sarankot to see sunrise over the Annapurna range and the walk back down. The highlight of Kathmandu for me was the flight over Everest: well worth the extra money! I managed to spend literally every last penny, dollar, rupee or Nepalese rupee I brought with me by the time we got to the airport for the flight home, which I reckon is a sign of a good holiday. Do not rely on ATMs to give you money when you need it though. Luckily the group members frequently turned banker to help each other out so it didn't really matter (and craft places always take credit cards...). Finally, the group were lovely and the tour leader was excellent. Don't bother with single room supplement as it is fun to share. I didn't bother but got a single room for free anyway because the others had paid the supplement (but I spent this saving on the beautiful crafts...). As a first trip to India, this was just right. I'd highly recommend it.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Taj Mahal without a doubt.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He was great. Knowledgeable, funny, friendly, organised and with an air of command (but without making us feel we were part of a platoon). Gaj was a pleasure to have as our tour leader.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It's all in the above review!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    No.
  • Reviewed March 2017
    Margaret Rae

    Delhi to katmandu. Mr A P Rae

    There were too many long bus journeys, we spent a great deal of time on the road , the buses you provided would not be out of place on the Fintstones, the hotels in India were too far from the centre of the cities in a nut shell I was extremly disappointed.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    However, this did not spoil the magic of the Taj Mahal, Varanasi and Chitwan where we were lucky enough to see crocs, rhinos and bears. Also the beauty of the early morning view of the Anapurnas.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    One of the best leader we have had, professional , knowledgeable, polite, with a good sense of humour

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I don't feel l could recommend this holiday.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We have been on several Exodus holidays and have always been more than satisfied, but when we returned home we both felt this paticular holiday left a lot to be desired.

    Reply from Exodus

    Reply from Exodus

    We are sorry that Margaret was disappointed with aspects of this trip.  We have looked into the transport in both India and Nepal and have addressed the issues Margaret raised; we have been using better quality busses since this departure, particularly in Nepal which now has air-conditioning. For September 2017 onwards, we have also changed a number of the hotels in India, taking the feedback on location into consideration.

     

    Louise Ungless - Product Manager for India

  • Reviewed March 2017
    Penelope Phillips

    Delhi to Kathmandu

    Very enjoyable experiences.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I enjoyed all that we saw and did. We visited a school on request to give pens and paper. Thought seeing sun rise on the Ganges and sending a light down the river very moving. Loved staying at Chitsan another chances to flot on the water and seeing all the animals. Didn't see the tigers though.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Gajraj was very good with information and helped us to understand his country. He was full of fun to that helped us all to get on together. Pleased that he fixed for us to visit a school.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Water in Nepal is readily available no need for water purifying stuff. Lot of dust a face mask is a good idea to have if you suffer with a bad chest.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Loved all the things we saw and did.
  • Reviewed December 2016
    Jennifer Dixon

    delhi to kathmandu

    a trip that far exceeded expectations.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    the human spectical of Veranasi

    What did you think of your group leader?

    simplly the best
  • Reviewed December 2016
    bridget johnson

    Delhi to Kathmandu

    I really enjoyed my trip. I was a little worried about travelling to India on my own.This trip was a wonderful taste of India. I have always wanted to see the Taj Mahal.There was alot of early mornings and bus travel but the experience of travelling through the towns and villages of India was most interesting.The hotels were of a good standard.I have been trekking in Nepal so it was rather nice to relax instead.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I enjoyed visiting the Amber Palace in Jaipur but the sun rising over the Taj Mahal and the visit to Varanasi were my favourites. The Chitwan in Nepal is up there as well.Never a dull moment.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader Jated was very experienced with great people skills.He was very proud of his country and knowledgable.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Enjoy every moment.
  • Reviewed November 2016
    Phillip Pomeroy

    The Road To Kathmandu (without Dorothy Lamour)

    To be honest I didn't know what to expect from this trip. My wife was a little concerned about going to India but the itinerary looked so good that she was persuaded. No need to worry, from our arrival in Delhi to our departure from Kathmandu we were looked after, guided, kept informed and treated to some amazing sights, sounds and food. This was an incredibly informative, entertaining and exciting journey. We loved it!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    This question needs pluralising! It is impossible (and unfair) to choose a single inspirational moment, there are so many. Taj Mahal, flight to Everest, The evening Aarti ceremony in Varanasi viewed from a boat on the bank of the Ganges were truly spectacular and quite moving moments. So were the village visit, sunrise over the Annapurna’s, forts, mosques, temples and bus rides. However, on our first evening waiting to cross a busy road in Delhi and along strolls an elephant was an unexpected moment I won’t forget.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Jatin was excellent. If you had a problem, a question, a special request or just wanted to chat about life in general he was your man. He even found an Iphone screwdriver for me so I could repair my phone, now that is service. He had a vast knowledge about the history, wild life and culture of both India and Nepal. Without his input we would have had a good trip, with it we had a smooth, well informed excellent trip. I must not forget to say thanks also to Gujraj who assisted Jatin for the first few days. You will be in safe hands with both guides. I would like to say a big thank you to both men.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go with an open mind. India is smelly, dirty, polluted, chaotic and overcrowded. It is a developing country after all. However you must mix all this with the incredible cultures, places of worship, sights of incredible architecture (manmade and natural) and the warm, friendly, welcoming people you will meet along the way. If you do you will have an unforgettable experience. Take along all the hand sanitiser you can, together with the usual stomach medicines. The biggest problem on our trip was the common cold which worked its way through most of our group over the two weeks. We only had one upset stomach. This may be due to the choice of venues for meals, our copious use of the hand sanitiser, or just luck!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This is an Exodus trip, it is run to a budget. It is our third trip with the company. We have always had excellent guides, comfortable hotels, early mornings and long journeys often over poor roads. That is all part of the experience. You should expect this and accept that it is just one part of what will be an amazing, unforgettable journey. If you want more comfort, higher prices and more time to spend in your hotel don’t use Exodus. For long, full, eventful and informative days that maximise your time in the country go with his company. We loved it! Chile next!

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

Call us on 0208 772 3936